Design for Humanity Award

Design for Humanity


The Design for Humanity Award celebrates an individual or institution for having significantly contributed to improving the environment for humanity through design-related activities or projects that transform lives. The impact of these activities must have demonstrated far-reaching effects. The award includes, but is not limited to, environment, health and wellness, universal or barrier-free design, energy conservation, safety, communication, transportation, and technology.


The design-related activity must positively affect the global human environment, be beneficial to the community at large, and be nonpartisan and judged on its own merits, regardless of size. Specific awards criteria differ among the nominee types, as listed below.

  • Individuals and/or design teams. Documentation of commitment to improve the quality of the human environment in any of the fields listed above.
  • Products. Must be commercially available for at least one year, exhibit superior design quality, and be related specifically to one or more of the fields listed above.
  • Government institutions, foundations, associations, corporations, cultural, or civic bodies. Documented commitment toward improving the quality of the human environment in any of the fields listed above.
  • Academia. Research and/or education related to any of the fields listed above and performed by individuals, institutions, or collaborative groups.


Nominees need not be ASID members. National officers, board members, jurors, and award nominating committee members are ineligible during their terms of service.


Each year, the Society president appoints an awards committee of ASID professional members, fellows, and members of the design community. 


2015: William D. Browning, LEED AP, Hon. AIA
2014: Judith Heerwagen
2013: MASS Design Group
2012: The 1% Program of Public Architecture
2009: HOK Community Service Project and Greg Mortenson of the Central Asia Institute
2006: Marianne Cusato
2005: Robin Hood Foundation, Library Initiative, and Patricia Moore, Ph.D., ASID, FIDSA
2004: Architecture for Humanity
2003: Habitat for Humanity
2002: Cynthia Leibrock, ASID
2001: ASID Tennessee Chapter
2000: Victoria Schomer, ASID

1999: AlliedSignal, Inc. – Polymers Division, Petersburg, VA
1998: William L. Wilkoff, FASID, District Design
1997: Barbara J. Campbell, Accessibility Guidebook for Washington
1996: Wayne Ruga and the Center for Health Design
1995: Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan
1994: Elizabeth Paepcke and the International Design Conference
1993: Neighborhood Design Center, Baltimore
1992: The Preservation Resource Center, New Orleans
1991: E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Company, Orange County, TX
1990: The Scavenger Hotline, San Francisco